M1400 Lighter-Than-Air AircraftWORLD’S MOSTAFFORDABLE ISR:Meeting Today’s ISRDemand with Innovation,Integration, and CostE...
M1400 Airship Characteristics Largest UAV in the world   • Over 100K ft3 of available payload area:   Maneuvering Engine ...
Blue Devil Block II: On-going USAF programleveraging the Mav6 M1400 airship forpersistent intelligence, surveillance, andr...
M1400 Operational Concept Example  Potential Coverage of SW Border                                                  SENSOR...
M1400 Comprehensive ISR Capability                                                                                        ...
M1400: Value Proposition                                                          SIGNINT + COMINT + GMTI + EO/IR + HSI   ...
M1400 Modular Payload Integration                                    7
M1400 Payload Options  M1400 can support the simultaneous deployment of a variety of mission payloads—      and integrate ...
M1400 Key Elements        Innovation                          Integration                    Cost-Effectiveness   Adapted...
M1400 Capabilities: Why it’s Unique Provides persistence with largest multi-int payload in existence      Wide Area EO/IR...
M1400 Value Proposition                        To keep 6,000 lbs of ISR equipment on                             station f...
M1400 Value Proposition                                                                                             Curren...
CBO Payload-Duration Comparison                                     300,000    Payload-Duration (Pound-Hours)             ...
Blue Devil 2 Progress
Example M1400 Mission Potential        Humanitarian Assistance      Rapid Map Refresh        Disaster Relief           ...
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  1. 1. M1400 Lighter-Than-Air AircraftWORLD’S MOSTAFFORDABLE ISR:Meeting Today’s ISRDemand with Innovation,Integration, and CostEffectiveness4501 FORD AVENUE SUITE 1320 ALEXANDRIA, VA 22302-1463OFFICE 703.340.1304 FAX 703.379.0677 MAV6.COM
  2. 2. M1400 Airship Characteristics Largest UAV in the world • Over 100K ft3 of available payload area: Maneuvering Engine Turbine Propulsion unprecedented mission flexibility • Up to 6,500 lb payload weight capacity • Eight (8) major independent ISR payloads Most Bits per Dollar per Day • Very low operating cost Most powerful UAV-based computer in existence • Enables on-board processing • Minimizes air-to-ground data Semi-Automated sensor-to-sensor cueing for enhanced threat detection • Increases number of payloads that can be simultaneously deployed and operated Modular payload integration architecture • Significantly reduces aircraft-payload Power Car + Diesel integration time and cost 1,610 ft3 Main Drive Engines Very long endurance (23 ft x 10 ft x 7 ft) • 2-7 days depending on payload & altitude Payload Car Volume Largest UAV electrical power generation capacity (120 kVA) 2
  3. 3. Blue Devil Block II: On-going USAF programleveraging the Mav6 M1400 airship forpersistent intelligence, surveillance, andreconnaissance (ISR) operations. “…at a 500-nautical mile combat radius, the Air Force’s BD2 would have a payload-duration about 60 times greater than the Predator’s and more than 10 times greater than the Reaper’s.” Congressional Budget Office 3
  4. 4. M1400 Operational Concept Example Potential Coverage of SW Border SENSOR COVERAGE Operating 20,000 ft MSL Altitude EO/IR (Wide 110 mi radius (38,000 mi2 Aperture) coverage) @ 0.5m GSD SAR-MTI Radar > 150 mi radius (> 76,000 mi2 coverage) SIGINT 200 mi radius (125,000 mi2 coverage) 4
  5. 5. M1400 Comprehensive ISR Capability HrsPotential M1400 ISR Sensor Coverage A single M1400 can provide the types 12 Operating of ISR capability of these 7 ISR systems 20,000 Altitude (ft) (SIGINT, COMINT, GMTI, EO/IR, HSI, etc.): 110 mi radius (38,000 mi2 simultaneously; “Eyes” coverage) at 3 to 10 times the duration; accomplish 12 200 mi radius (125,000 mi2 the processing on-board; and do it all for a “Ears” fraction of the cost… coverage) 32 12 ? 80-120 hrs On-station Vs= .5 16 5
  6. 6. M1400: Value Proposition SIGNINT + COMINT + GMTI + EO/IR + HSI Days 1 2 3 4 5 12 hour endurance A single M1400 can provide the types $42K/hr of ISR capability of these 7 ISR systems (SIGINT, Sorties overlap to maintain Persistent Surveillance COMINT, GMTI, EO/IR, HSI, etc.): 12 hour endurance simultaneously; at 3 to 10 times the duration; $45k/hr accomplish the processing on-board; and do it all for a fraction of the cost… 32 hour endurance $32k/hr Days 1 2 3 4 5 12 hour endurance $42k/hr OR $4k/hr 120 hour endurance 12 hour endurance $36k/hr 0.5 hour endurance ? 16 hour endurance $4k/hr 12 54X# of Aircraft 9 >$27M $0.5MRequired for120 Hours of 6Continuous 3Coverage for 120 hours of Persistent Surveillance for 120 hours of Persistent Surveillance Time the cost Time 6
  7. 7. M1400 Modular Payload Integration 7
  8. 8. M1400 Payload Options M1400 can support the simultaneous deployment of a variety of mission payloads— and integrate all with on-board computers, processing, and mass storage. Wide-Area EO/IR Synthetic High Powered High Definition Aperture Radar Full Motion Video On-board ProcessingHigh Bandwidth Weapons Data Links Modules Multi-Mode Radar 8
  9. 9. M1400 Key Elements Innovation Integration Cost-Effectiveness Adapted mature airship  System-of-Systems Design:  High payload/ design to achieve rapid Designed as a multi-INT Long endurance deliverable: Leverages system from the beginning enables greater traditional hull design with cost-effectiveness: less complexity and fewer  Mission-tailorable sensor Equivalent pound/hours of moving parts than alternatives suite: Allows rapid ISR would require 10s of reconfiguration in hours to multiples of other remotely Open Architecture: Sensor variety of sensor or comm piloted aircraft agnostic payload payloads infrastructure  Per flying dollar spent BD2  Moves data processing to delivers more ISR capability Extensible Ground Segment: point of origin: Meets the per hour than other aircraft Designed to meet tsunami of data challenge expeditionary ISR requirements with local multi- sensor data management, correlation, and storage 9
  10. 10. M1400 Capabilities: Why it’s Unique Provides persistence with largest multi-int payload in existence  Wide Area EO/IR with largest aperture EO/IR spot capability  Largest “real estate” for SIGINT antenna arrays on any ISR platform Rapid tipping & cueing provides actionable ISR to users in seconds  Sharing of event and geolocation data across disparate sensors directly to users  Potential for automated sensor to sensor cuing (e.g. SIGINT to IMINT sensors)  Find, fix, identify, and track HVI/HVT with HD sensing and SIGINT queues On-board processing = more info to users with less bandwidth  Moves data processing from ground to air reducing sensor-to-shooter latency  Potential as focal point of an ISR constellation integrating multiple platforms Multi-sensor processing ground station  Multi-sensor C2 and visualization in the field reduces sensor analyst requirements Mission-tailorable sensor suite—in hours not months/years  Accelerates deployment and use of new sensing capabilities  Adaptability to situation not available with any other ISR asset 10
  11. 11. M1400 Value Proposition To keep 6,000 lbs of ISR equipment on station for 78 hours it takes: 1 M1400 39 Current Fixed- Wing UAVs 468,000 lb-hrs ISR ÷ 11,900 lb-hrs ISR = 39.3 MQ-series RPAs per M1400 OR 468,000 lb-hrs ISR ÷ 11,900 lb-hrs ISR = 39.3 MQ-series RPAs per M1400 6,000 lbs ISR equipment x 78 hrs = 468,000 lb-hrs 850 lbs ISR equipment x 14 hrs = 11,900 lb-hrs of ISR Mission Capability per aircraft of ISR Mission Capability per aircraft High payload/Long endurance enables greater cost-effectiveness 11
  12. 12. M1400 Value Proposition Current Fixed- M1400 Wing UAVs 7 times the ISR mission payload 6,000 lbs of ISR equipment 850 lbs of ISR equipment AT 5-6 times the endurance 78 hrs 14 hrs FOR 75% the cost per flight hour $1,117/hr $1,456/hr ( 6,000 lbs x 78 hrs ÷ $1,117/hr ) ÷ ( 850 lbs x 14 hrs ÷ $1,456/hr ) = 52.375 Per flying dollar spent you get 52 times more ISR per hour with M1400 than current fixed-wing UAVs 12
  13. 13. CBO Payload-Duration Comparison 300,000 Payload-Duration (Pound-Hours) 250,000 200,000 M1400 150,000 100,000 50,000 MQ-9 Reaper Grey Eagle MQ-1 Predator 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 Combat Radius (Nautical Miles)Source: Congressional Budget Office based on data provided by manufacturers. 13
  14. 14. Blue Devil 2 Progress
  15. 15. Example M1400 Mission Potential  Humanitarian Assistance  Rapid Map Refresh  Disaster Relief  Emergency Response  Persistent Presence  Air Sampling  Border Patrol  Crop Monitoring  Law Enforcement  Insect/disease Control  Traffic Management  Flood Control  Crowd Control  Nuclear Monitoring  Market Analysis  Counter-terrorism  Counter-Drug Ops  Early Warning  Communications Relay  Counter-proliferation  Cell Phone Networking  Counter-piracy  Home/Facility Security  Harbor Control  Pipeline Monitoring  Special Operations 15

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